Shadowed Unit Frames

Another example

SUF focuses on a simple configuration while maintaining the flexibility that most users will care about, preventing unnecessary bloating of the addon that sacrifices performance. While you aren't going to be able to set the health bar to be exactly 3.14 pixels outside of the unit frames, you can change options you actually care about such as bar height, ordering, frame height and so on. To speed up configuration, you can configure multiple units at the same time through the global configuration. For example, if you want to set the height of the Player, Target, Focus and Party frames to 50 then the height of Target's Target, Target's Target of Target, Focus Target to 30 you can easily do this by changing two options instead of having to do it seven times.

However, should you need a little bit of extra configuration do not despair! An advanced option is included that will unlock additional configuration giving finer control over the configuration.

Shadowed Unit Frames in Legion
As of version v4.1.0, WoW 7.0 and Legion is fully supported!

Slash commands: /shadoweduf (/suf)

Donations are not required, but are appreciated!

Are you driven crazy by your party frames not aligning up exactly with your player frames, even if it's only half a pixel off? The anchoring system will let you solve all alignment issues, by allowing you to anchor a frame to another and set a simple offset from the frame it is anchored to, or by manually setting the X/Y position of the frame.

Using the screen shot as an example, if you drag the player frame the other frames will move with the player frame preserving the alignment and spacing. Each frame can still be manually positioned wherever you want, but this gives you a way of easily anchoring and moving frames around without having to use a ruler.

Zone configuration (Disabling options/units by zone type)
Units and modules can be enabled or disabled based on the type of zone you are in. For example, if you want to see party targets and party pets while you are in an arena but nowhere else then you can use the visibility options to enable it only while inside an arena. Modules can also be disabled by zone type, if you want to see party auras while in a raid instance but nowhere else you can disable the module in raid instances only.

Profiles do not have to be swapped and it is all automatic.

Supports unit frames are as follows:

Player: Player, Pet, Pet Target
General: Target, Target of Target, Target of Target of Target, Focus, Focus Target
Party: Party, Party Pets, Party Targets, Party ToT
Raid: Raid, Raid Pet, Main Tank, Main Tank Target, Main Assist, Main Assist Target, Boss, Boss Target, Boss ToT, Main Assist ToT, Main Tank ToT
Arena: Arena, Arena Target, Arena Pets, Arena ToT
Battleground: Battleground, Battleground Target, Battleground Target


  • Tags: Includes a simple tagging system that can be customized in virtually any way using Lua, even if something isn't included by default odds are you can make the tags
  • Incoming Heals: Supports the Blizzard Events for incoming heal data, no external libraries needed
  • Auras: Can be set to only show auras you casted, or can cast on others. Can enlarge auras that you casted, and hide the cooldown ring on the timers of auras you didn't cast as well to make it more obvious which ones you casted and which ones you didn't
  • Aura Timers: You will need a mod such as OmniCC to show timers on buffs and debuffs
  • Aura Indicators: Display colored squares or icons for certain auras on any unit
  • Fader: Fades frames when out of combat and inactive (100% mana/no target)
  • Class Power (Eclipse, Holy Power, etc): Supports all of the class power features from Eclipse to Burning Embers.
  • Highlighting: Border highlighting of frames based on mousing over them, curable debuffs, aggro or you are targeting/focusing them
  • Range Checking: Fades frames out that are out of range of you
  • Exportable Layouts: If you have a layout, or your friend has a layout you want to try out you can export/import SUF layouts by going to /suf -> Layout Manager
  • Profiles: You can change from any profile to another one without reloading your UI, should you want to use a completely different layout based on zone you can easily switch profiles without hassle

Pretty much all the general unit frame settings are in, health bars, cast bars, power bars, portraits, indicators and so on.

Basic module support is included, should you be interested in building a module see the documentation on github for more information.

Currently released:


Please focus all discussions, questions or general feedback to the forum thread:

For feature requests and bug reports, please continue to use the Ticket tracker. Feel free to ask on the thread first, if you're unsure what to do!

You must login to post a comment. Don't have an account? Register to get one!

  • Avatar of Narzual Narzual Oct 16, 2010 at 11:48 UTC - 0 likes

    Could you add an option to reverse cast bar growth direction?

  • Avatar of Spacian Spacian Oct 16, 2010 at 11:28 UTC - 0 likes

    Is visual heal gone?

    If its the case can we get it back? :)

  • Avatar of Swesent Swesent Oct 16, 2010 at 09:22 UTC - 0 likes

    Just like br0wnj, everything got corrected with the .40 - works perfectly again! Thank you for that quick fix! Great work on this addon, much appreciated!

  • Avatar of xterrifiedx xterrifiedx Oct 16, 2010 at 09:07 UTC - 0 likes

    Newest build still doesn't work with Soul Shards... Unless I'm doing something wrong

  • Avatar of br0wnj br0wnj Oct 16, 2010 at 08:55 UTC - 0 likes

    yep had the same issue as Swesent but the .40 version fixed it. Everything seems to be working fine again. THANKS!!!

  • Avatar of jrodman2 jrodman2 Oct 16, 2010 at 08:26 UTC - 0 likes

    3.2.12-38 is working in every way that i know to use it --  I generally run 5 man heroics, usually as resto druid, resto shaman, elemental shaman, or beastmaster hunter.  I love having it back.

    Last edited Oct 16, 2010 by jrodman2
  • Avatar of Cosanoztra Cosanoztra Oct 16, 2010 at 07:53 UTC - 0 likes
    @Palladia - be sure you have the newest alpha. Also, be sure Raid is Checked inside the Enabled Units section of /suf
  • Avatar of Nevcairiel Nevcairiel Oct 16, 2010 at 07:51 UTC - 0 likes

    There was a bug in -39, which should be fixed in -40.

  • Avatar of Swesent Swesent Oct 16, 2010 at 07:44 UTC - 0 likes

    I just tried the latest release ( A: v3.2.12-39-g69722f7 for 4.0.1 ). Problem is that the unitframes did not show up, even though I made sure at char selection that Shadowed was enabled. In stead, I have the original Blizzard frames. I was, however, able to enter SUF-configuration and from what I could see, every setting seemed correct. Could this be a bug perhaps?

    I installed the latest release just like I have installed all the previous ones - by entering the addons folder and moving the old shadowed-folders to a backup location and then extracting the new version's folders to the addons folder.

  • Avatar of Externalzz Externalzz Oct 16, 2010 at 04:42 UTC - 0 likes

    I guess the next logical question is, will there be a workaround?

    its nice to cancell the DBW form so i can mount up. :(

    Last edited Oct 16, 2010 by Externalzz


Date created
May 17, 2009
Last update
Sep 13, 2016
Development stage
  • deDE
  • enUS
  • frFR
  • koKR
  • ruRU
  • zhCN
  • zhTW
All Rights Reserved
Curse link
Shadowed Unit Frames
Reverse relationships
Recent files